Life and times of rock le­gend Eno

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On Some Far­away Beach: The life and times of Brian Eno. By David Shep­pard. Re­viewed by Robert Mid­dle­ton for Hast­ings Dis­trict Li­braries

This is an in-depth look at Brian Eno’s ex­ten­sive ca­reer. Now that David Bowie has re­turned to the stars it is worth look­ing at his con­tem­po­raries.

This bi­og­ra­phy starts in his early days with Roxy Mu­sic, moves to Brian’s solo al­bums, David Bowie, Talk­ing Heads and later U2. A sonic al­chemist is what he is called, and that is an apt de­scrip­tion. Brian Eno was for a long time ahead of curve when it came to elec­tronic sounds. He wasn’t the only one ex­per­i­ment­ing in this area of course, but from the be­gin­ning he gained a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing able to add some­thing to an al­bum.

Whether this was a lot or a little, whether he was just a sound­ing board or some­one to break the dead­lock (or to move things along), it’s prob­a­bly all lost in time.

Along the way he in­vented Am­bi­ent mu­sic, made art in­stal­la­tions, and cre­ated al­bums with leg­ends like John Cale, Robert Fripp and David Byrne e.

He has been called a Re­nais­sance man and that’s a pretty big call, but he seems to have had a tire­less work ethic, a near in­ex­haustible num­ber of ideas, and the will to put those ideas into be­ing. So maybe Re­nais­sance Man isn’t far off. Al­bums to check out. Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets or Be­fore and Af­ter Science.

David Bowie: Low or He­roes Talk­ing Heads: Fear of Mu­sic or Re­main in Light

U2: Joshua Tree or Auch­tung Baby

The Hast­ings Li­brary has a large col­lec­tion of rock bi­ogra­phies.

Have a look at our cat­a­logue for more in­for­ma­tion.

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